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Blog Posts (2)

September 21, 2018

We Convey More Than We (Literally) Say

by Jason N. Batten, Bonnie O. Wong, William F. Hanks & David Magnus

This issue of the American Journal of Bioethics features a target article by Blumenthal-Barby and Ubel that focuses on patients who are unrealistically optimistic, in denial, or self-deceived.…

August 24, 2018

Best Interest, Harm, God’s Will, Parental Discretion, or Utility

This post also appears in the August 2018 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics.

by John D. Lantos, Ph.D

The impassioned and well-reasoned essays in this edition of the journal all agree with two claims: (1) children have moral claims that should be protected and recognized, and (2) we need ongoing discussions on how to determine and weigh the interests of children when we make decisions for them.…

Published Articles (5)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 9 - Sep 2018

In Defense of “Denial”: Difficulty Knowing When Beliefs Are Unrealistic and Whether Unrealistic Beliefs Are Bad J. S. Blumenthal-Barby & Peter A. Ubel

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 9 - Sep 2018

We Convey More Than We (Literally) Say Jason N. Batten, Bonnie O. Wong, William F. Hanks & David Magnus

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 8 - Aug 2018

When Parents Refuse: Resolving Entrenched Disagreements Between Parents and Clinicians in Situations of Uncertainty and Complexity Janine Penfield Winters

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 8 - Aug 2018

The Harm Principle Cannot Replace the Best Interest Standard: Problems With Using the Harm Principle for Medical Decision Making for Children Johan Christiaan Bester

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 8 - Aug 2018

Best Interest, Harm, God’s Will, Parental Discretion, or Utility John D. Lantos

News (2)

September 20, 2018 6:00 am

Are We Being Misled About Precision Medicine? (The New York Times)

Doctors and hospitals love to talk about the cancer patients they’ve saved, and reporters love to write about them. But deaths still vastly outnumber the rare successes.

September 3, 2018 1:21 am

John McCain did not 'lose' his battle with glioblastoma — because cancer is not a war (NBC News)

A little more than one year has passed since John McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that carries a grim prognosis. On Saturday, only one day after it was announced that the Arizona senator had decided to “discontinue medical treatment,” he passed away.